Some changes are expected to be made in the junior high school academic calendar, which is currently being run by both private and public schools in Ghana. The junior high school calendar was changed to suit the loopholes created at the basic level due to the outbreak of coronavirus in the country. There was therefore the need to close the learning gap created in students.
The news about the change in the academic calendar was hinted by the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) on their popular show called “GNAT Hour” which was held recently. The notable teacher union also clarified major issues affecting their members and teachers at large on the show.
Although GNAT did not specify what the changes will be and when it will take effect, teachers at the junior high level would have noticed that the current academic calendar is being run on two semester basis. This extended the instructional hours spent in school.
Unlike before, JHS students now spend additional days in school whereas their counterparts are on vacation. This has also collided with the academic calendar of sandwich programmes being run by the University of Cape Coast (UCC) and the University of Education Winneba (UEW) for teachers pursuing their first and second degree programmes.
These universities are now forced to seek permission from the Ghana Education Service anytime their students who are teachers at the junior level are reporting to their study centres to continue their course activities.
Scores of teachers have also argued that the government should motivate them for the long days and weeks spent in school because it has created inconveniences for them. Others also think that teachers at the primary level should also be included if there is going to be any motivation money. I think they have a genuine concern that needs the necessary attention.
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